Martinez said he turned over the milestone Matsui ball to Yankees security man Bill Shaw. In return, Martinez said, Shaw promised him an autographed Matsui ball, the bat Godzilla used to hammer the historic homer and 15 tickets to this season's All-Star Game - the last at Yankee Stadium. Martinez got an autographed ball and bat but hasn't seen any All-Star tickets or an authentication letter for the bat . . .
. . . Martinez said he asked Shaw to put their deal in ink. But he quoted Shaw as responding: "We are the New York Yankees. When we give our word, we will do it." A Yankee spokesman insisted the team never agreed to what Martinez says. "Bill Shaw absolutely, positively denies that he ever offered him any All-Star Game tickets or ever agreed to it," said Howard Rubenstein.
This sounds like a Seinfeld episode. Just replace Martinez with Kramer and throw in Jackie Chiles. "My client was promised 15 All-Star Game tickets. To not proivde said tickets is outrageous! It's preposterous! It's the biggest miscarriage of justice I've ever seen!" Things go well until Martinez caves and accepts a Jeter t-shirt to drop the whole thing.
OK, I mock Mr. Martinez, but he is a sensible guy. According to the article, he says he's not going to sue over it, which goes to show you that unlike some wackos, most people won't get the justice system involved when they know they're full of it.
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